March 2016

Mary Beth's Memo

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Short-Term Rentals
Dear Friends,

This past week marked the end of our series of town halls concerning the regulation of short-term rentals. With four opportunities to join us in the “four corners” of Denver we had roughly 100 neighbors turn out each week. Along with staff from the Community Planning and Development and Excise and License departments we shared the content of proposed changes and opened the meeting to a comment, question and answer session.

We heard a number of concerns from both those supportive and opposed to our proposed regulations. Several neighbors urged the City not to allow STRs and to enforce our current regulations. Unfortunately I don’t believe this is a viable option. This practice of renting out your home as a short-term rental is widespread and enforcement is extremely difficult. I believe a better approach is to bring STRs into the fold with some regulation so that we can better manage the impacts on neighborhoods.

Some members of the host community shared their concerns about the primary residence requirement. This requirement would limit hosts to renting out the house they live in whether they own or rent it. Though landlords and HOAs can prohibit STRs regardless of city rules. I am in favor of this primary residence rule because I believe it helps maintain critical housing stock in the city. I also believe it halts the commercialization of STRs by prohibiting investors from buying up large apartment houses and converting long-term rental housing to STRs. Moreover it is a way for us to have some control over the practice and preserve community in our residential neighborhoods.

Our next steps will be to take our proposed zoning change to the Planning Board on March 16th. Following this step short-term rentals will be on the agenda at the Neighborhood and Planning Committee on March 30th. At this meeting Councilmembers will discuss the feedback from town halls and decide if there are changes needed in the proposed ordinances.

For those who were unable to make the town halls you can find information on our proposals at  and you can submit feedback at As always City Council committee meetings and Planning Board hearings are open to the public.

Denver Water Rate Changes

Effective April 1st, Denver Water is changing the way you pay for water. The new rate structure will encourage customers to conserve water and is designed to provide more rate stability over the long term. The rate structure will encourage water conversation because it separates essential indoor water use from outdoor water use. Indoor water used for cooking, bathing, drinking and hygiene is considered essential and will be billed at the lowest rate. To learn more about the new structure and how it will impact you visit Denver Water. Information about how you can conserve and save money is available on Denver Water's Conservation page.

Free Transit Academy

The Transit Alliance Citizens' Academy is now taking applications for its Spring Academy, April 6th - May 18th. This program is every Wednesday from 6-9 pm at the Denver Metro Chamber. It features lectures from guest speakers and workshops on topics such as transit-oriented development, the sharing economy, first- and last-mile connections to transit, affordable housing, and Colorado's mobility future. Click here to apply.

Excess Funds

Have you gone through foreclosure? Do you know someone who has gone through foreclosure? If your house sold at a foreclosure auction within the last two years, Denver Clerk & Recorder Debra Johnson may have money for you. The difference in the selling price of the home and what is owed is called Excess Funds. Clerk Johnson may have Excess Funds for you or someone you know.

You can view the full list here. We gave back more than $2 million in 2015 and still have another $2 million for people on our list. Your help is so important.

EMNA Street Cleanup

Join your fellow East Montclair neighbors Saturday, March 5th at 1:30 pm at 1911 Yosemite St. as they continue their alley cleaning program. They will start by cleaning the alley between Yosemite and Xenia Street and Montview and Colfax. This will be an ongoing program block by block, street by street to keep our neighborhood clean. Gloves and bags will be provided.

Here is a photograph from the cleanup a couple weeks ago on Yosemite. It was quite a success and a lot of litter was removed from the city streets, sidewalks and curbs. For additional questions please contact Brittany Zuber at:

Boulevard One Update

The Lowry Redevelopment Authority has selected Centennial-based Kelmore Development Corporation to develop the mixed-use area in the northeast corner of Boulevard One. The area is bounded by First Avenue to the north, Quebec Street to the east, and the yet to be expanded Lowry Boulevard to the south. Building heights along First Avenue will be 2-3 stories, with interior building heights no higher than five stories. The area allows up to 185,000 square feet of commercial space, including uses such as a specialty grocery store, restaurants, entertainment and retail shops on the first floor with offices and living spaces above. Parking ratios will be the same as the existing Lowry Town Center. Site planning and review will continue through 2016 with an anticipated construction start date in 2017.

2016 Paving Maps

Paving is coming back to District 5 this year. Bellevue-Hale, Rangeview and Park Forest will be seeing paving in the later part of spring likely starting in May or June, weather dependent. Later in the summer parts of Historic Montclair and Lowry will see some paving. Monaco south of Alameda, and Alameda between Colorado Blvd. and Hudson St. will also be repaved this year. The good news is compared to other parts of the city most of District 5’s streets rate as excellent, good or fair condition.

Sustainable Neighborhood Matching Fund

Denver Environmental Health’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Matching Fund (SNMF) will award up to $2,500 each to three projects that further community sustainability and well-being goals in Denver neighborhoods. SNMF is open to all Denver neighborhoods and preference will be given to projects proposed by Registered Neighborhood Organizations and neighborhood-based groups. Awarded funds must be matched by the grantee in the form of cash, donations of goods and services, and volunteer labor. To learn more and to download the application, visit Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15th.
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